God has planned great and plentiful blessings for His children! So how do we make sure we don’t miss ANY of His blessings? Well, it begins with WHERE we place our greatest trust. With startling simplicity, God gives us the choices and their resulting consequences:
“CURSED is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.”Jeremiah 17:5-6
NOW COMPARE THIS…
“BLESSED is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”Jeremiah 17:7-8
As I began examining my day to day decisions, I realized that more often than not, I was trusting in myself and my own wisdom—sometimes, even when—writing these devotionals! When I begin to feel empty and dry in all areas of my life, it’s not because I’m trusting God. Rather, it’s because I’ve gone back to trusting myself, my own strength, my own resources, my friends—MORE than I am trusting God. In order to stay on a path that is blessed by God, HE must be my greatest source of hope. Then—no matter how great the trouble, I live in an abundance of all the things money can’t buy…love, joy, peace, etc., and I have enough to give away to others!
The difference between living cursed and living blessed, always goes back to our heart. What does it desire most? The Bible says our heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) BUT God CAN and WILL search our heart and shine the light of truth inside so we can see the wisdom of His ways (and the folly of our own ways,) and we will make the choice to follow HIM.
When we desire to live fully surrendered to Christ, then we long for Him to change our heart. Our daily prayer is much like the Psalmist:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”Psalm 139:23-24
Our desire to surrender every part of our life to God is the foundation for building our trust and hope in Him. And…
When we fully surrender to God, we enjoy His immeasurable blessings.
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